Feast of the Annunciation march 25 ‘Soul Institute’

Feast of the Annunciation march 25 ‘Soul Institute’

Pope Francis writes, “Perhaps the most exciting invitation is that of the prophet Zephaniah, who presents God with his people in the midst of a celebration overflowing with the joy of salvation. I find it trilling to reread this text: ‘The Lord, your God is in your midst, a warrior who gives you the victory; he will rejoice over you in his love, he will exult over you with loud singing, as on a day of festival. (3:17)…The Gospel, radiant with the glory of Christ’s cross, constantly invites us to rejoice, A few examples will suffice. “Rejoice”!” is the angel’s greeting to Mary (Lk 1:28) Mary’s visit to Elizabeth makes John leap for joy in his mother;s womb. (Lk 1:41) In her song of praise, Mary proclaims: ‘My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.’ (LK 1:47)..His message brings us joy: ‘I have said these things to you, so that my my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.'(JN 15:11)

One of the things that Pope Francis has reminded the church is that we must be people of joy. No matter how correct our doctrine is if we are not people of joy our message is not credible. Pope Francis says we must not look like we have just come from a funeral.  He reminds us that we are to pray to the Holy Spirit for the gifts of Joy and Happiness.

There are 3 steps to effectively evangelize.

First step, like Mary we must hear the angel say to us, “Rejoice.” Before we can give joy we must first receive joy.

Second step, after we have received the joy of the Lord, we must give that joy to others. Elizabeth says, “For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”(LK 1:42)

Third step, the Holy Spirit makes our joy complete, “Our Christian joy drinks of the wellspring of his brimming heart. He promises his disciples: ‘You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.’ (JN 16:20) He then goes on to say: ‘But I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you’”

Thought for the day, Do you have the Joy of the Lord?

Prayer
Mary your heart was filled with Joy
Because your heart was filled with Joy you had to share this Joy
When Elizabeth heard your voice the baby in her womb leap for Joy
Mary fill my heart with the Joy that is in your heart
Speak to me so that my heart may leap for Joy

Reflection for the day from the ‘Soul Institute’ Fr Stefan

Reflection for the day from the ‘Soul Institute’ Fr Stefan

Pope Francis writes, ” Whenever we say that something is ‘spirited’, it usually refers to some interior impulse which encourages, motivates, nourishes, and gives meaning to our individual and communal activity. Spirit-filled evangelization is not the same as a set of tasks dutifully carried out despite one’s own personal inclinations or wishes. How I long to find the right words to stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervor, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love, and attraction! Yet I realize that no words of encouragement will be enough unless the fire of the Holy Spirit burns in our heart.”

Paul VI in ‘On Evangelization in the Modern World’ writes, “Evangelization will never be possible without the action of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit descends on Jesus of Nazareth at the moment of His baptism when the voice of the Father says, ‘This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.’ manifests in an external way the election of Jesus and His Mission. Jesus is ‘led by the Spirit’ to experience in the desert the decisive combat that the supreme test before beginning this mission. It is ‘in the the power of the Spirit’ that He returns to Galilee and begins His preaching at Nazareth, applying to Himself the passage of Isaiah: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.’ And He proclaim: ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled.’ To the disciples whom He was about to send forth He say, breathing on them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ In fact, it is only after the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost that the apostles depart to all the ends of the earth in order to begin the great word of the Church’s evangelization. Peter explains this event as the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel: ‘I will pour out my spirit.’ Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit so that he can speak to the people about Jesus, the Son of God. Paul too is filled with the Holy Spirit before dedicating himself to his apostolic ministry, as is Stephen when he is chosen for the ministry of service and later on for the witness of blood. The Spirit who causes Peter, Paul and the Twelve to speak, and who inspires the words that they are to utter, also came down ‘on those who heard the words,’ It is in the consolation of the Holy Spirit that the Church increases. The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church. It is He who explains to the faithful the deep meaning of the teaching of Jesus and of His mystery. It is the Holy Spirit who, today just as at the beginning of the Church, acts in every evangelizer who allows himself to be possessed and led by Him. The Holy Spirit places on his lips the words which he could not find by himself, and at the same time the Holy Spirit predisposes the soul of the hearer to be open and receptive to the Good News and to the Kingdom being proclaimed. Techniques of evangelization are good, but even the most advanced one could not replace the gentle action of the Spirit. The most perfect preparation of the evangelizers has no effect without the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit the most convincing dialectic has no power over the heart of man. Without Him the most highly developed schemas resting on a sociological or psychological basis are quickly seen to be quite valueless. We live in the Church at a privileged moment of the Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit is the soul of evangelization. I remember the first mass that I celebrated at my home church after my ordination. It was Pentecost Sunday. I remember feeling and experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit as I preached the Word of God. I knew that the words were anointed by the Holy Spirit. The good news is that every Sunday is in a certain sense Pentecost Sunday.

John Paul II wrote in, ‘On Keeping the Lord’s Day’, Sunday, the day of light, could also be called the day of ‘fire’, in reference to the Holy Spirit. The light of Christ is intimately linked to the ‘fire’ of the Spirit…The weekly Easter’ thus becomes the ‘weekly Pentecost; when Christian relive the Apostles’ joyful encounter with the Risen Lord and receive the life-giving breath of the Spirit.”

Today is Feast Of St Joseph A Cute Story of St Joseph and a Pastry

Today is Feast Of St Joseph A Cute Story of St Joseph and a Pastry

On Wednesday, I got a call from a man from Boston who wanted to come down and have me pray over him.

We made the appointment for 4:30 Thursday afternoon. He was a very nice man with lots of faith. He told me a story that happened to him that I would like to share with you.

Three years ago he was struggling with whether or not to purse a building project. John, not his real name, was a developer. He prayed a Novena to St Joseph for a sign. He asked for a sign of snow. On the last day of the Novena 2 feet of snow fell. Not Convinced he prayed another novena to St Joseph and asked for another sign of snow. This time again on the last day of Novena another snow storm. John is a lot like Gideon in the Bible. Gideon asked 3x for a sign from God.

John boldly asked St Joseph for another sign. This Time John said St Joseph, you choose the sign but make it something that is clear to me that it is from St Joseph. John prayed a Novena to St Joesph a third time. This novena ended on the Feast of St Joseph.

On the last day of the Novena, which was the Feast of St Joesph, John was driving and stopped at a red light. There was a tap on his window. A woman walked up to his car and asked that he roll down the window. The woman handed John a pastry and said this pastry is from St Joseph. John took the pastry and put it in his refrigerator.

It is now 7 years since the mysterious woman gave John the pastry. The Pastry is still in his refrigerator. The only thing is that the pastry is still fresh. The whipped cream is still fresh. The pastry has been preserved these many years.

No one has ever eaten a piece of the pastry. Did St Joseph make this Pastry? I am inclined to say Yes.

Now this is one of the signs from God that truly appeals to my taste. Someday I will tell you the mysterious story of the Roast Beef that happened to me at St Patricks.

Or is the Real Miracle the fact that he didn’t eat The Pastry?

St Joseph Giver of Pastries Pray for Us

Fr Stefan

Today is the feast of ‘St Joseph’

Today is the feast of ‘St Joseph’

On this Solemnity of St Joseph. Saint Bernadine of Siena tells us in the Liturgy of the Hours, ” There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to human being. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation. God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand. This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the foster-father of our Lord and the husband of the Queen of our world, enthroned above the angels. He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasure, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.”

We read in scripture, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.…(Eph 4:12)

When God calls someone to a mission in the Church. He equips them with the gifts necessary to fulfill that mission. Saint Joseph is a perfect example of this truth. What is true is the life of Saint Joseph is also true with you and me. However, it is also true that we need to ask the Holy Spirit again and again for the gifts that are needed. If we ask in faith. God will never fail to give us the gifts that are needed to fulfill our mission in the Church.

Thought for the day: if you are married, single or a priest. Whatever, vocation you have. Ask the Holy Spirit to pour out his gifts upon you so that you can fulfill your vocation in the Church in a more perfect way.

This Sunday Homily 3 rd week in Lent ‘If You Only Knew the Gift of God’

This Sunday Homily 3 rd week in Lent ‘If You Only Knew the Gift of God’

Alan Schreck in his book, “The Gift Discovering The Holy Spirit in Catholic Tradition”, writes, ” Catholic Tradition testifies unceasingly to the Holy Spirit as ‘Gift.’ Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who is asking for a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water’ (John 4:10) Later he explained that this gift of ‘living water’ was indeed the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39) St. Peter urged the witnesses of the first Pentecost to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, ‘and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ (Acts 2:38) What a gift it was-and is!
St Thomas Aquinas explained that the Holy Spirit could properly be call ‘Love’ and ‘Gift’. Following St Thomas, Saint John Paul II recently taught, ‘It can be said that in the Holy Spirit the intimate life of the Triune God becomes totally gift, an exchange of mutual love between the divine persons, and that through the Holy Spirit God exists in the mode of gift. It is the Holy Spirit who is the personal expression of this self-giving, of this being-love. He is Person-love. He is Person-Gift.'(Dominum et Vivificantem 10) He goes on to explain that this ‘uncreated gift’ the Holy Spirit is the source (fons vivus) of all gifts of God to creatures: ‘the gift of existence to all things through creation; the gift of grace to all human being through the whole economy plan of salvation. (Dominum et Vivificantem 10)

The Holy Spirit is the giver of the gifts. The Holy Spirit is the first gift of God. The gifts of God (charisms) cannot be separated from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is like the sun and the gifts are like the rays from the sun. Sometimes we treat the gifts of the Holy Spirit like badges of honor, or like lights on a Christmas tree. The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we have flow naturally from the Holy Spirit living in our heart and soul. We have the Holy Spirit living in our heart and soul. It is natural that we would experience gifts of the Holy Spirit in our life. Saint Leo the Great tells us, “If we are indeed the temple of God and if the Spirit of God lives in us, than what every believer has within himself is greater than what he admires in the skies.”

While most people only have a few of the charims. It is possible that any christian can experience any charisms at any given time. The Holy Spirit always wants to surprise us. For example, maybe you prayed for a person once and they were immediately healed of stage 4 cancer, or you have a deadly fear of speaking in public, but on one occasion you spoke and the Holy Spirit anointed everyone of your words and many were converted. Because we have the Holy Spirit within us it is possible that occasionally any one of us can experience any of the charisms. Normally, no christian has all the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Thought for the day: Ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus doesn’t just want to give you gifts. Jesus wants to give you the giver of the gifts the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said, “If you only knew the gift of God.”

Prayer for the day
Holy Spirit you are the sun that lights my way
Holy Spirit shine the rays of your gifts into my life
Holy Spirit bring to life the many gifts that you desire to give me
I open my heart mind and soul to the perfect Gift of God
Holy Spirit first gift of God come to me Today

As Jesus was Anointed with the Holy Spirit before Going into the Desert. We Also need the ‘Kingly Anointing’ to When we go into the Desert of Lent to Fight the World Flesh and the Devil

As Jesus was Anointed with the Holy Spirit before Going into the Desert. We Also need the ‘Kingly Anointing’ to When we go into the Desert of Lent to Fight the World Flesh and the Devil

We read in the first reading “Nathan said to David ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel..I anointed you king of Israel. I rescued you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your Lord’s House.”

Homily on the Kingly Anointing. At Baptism after the priest anoints the baby on the forehead he prays “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people. he now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life.”

Cantalamessa in his book ‘The Holy Spirit in the life if Jesus’ writes ” The Christian life is a choice between two kingdoms, that our warfare is not only against flesh and blood. It is required of us that we proclaim in Spirit and in power that Jesus has overcome all powers, and that henceforth he is the one, true Lord and that there is nothing to be afraid of, for the the one who is in you is greater that the one who is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4)

St Paul writes in Colossians “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks for the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”(Col 1:12-14)

By virtue of the Kingly Anointing we share in Christ Victory over the kingdom of darkness. After the baptism of Jesus we read ‘The Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted.” Jesus is the new Adam who says no to the devil and yes to God. Jesus conquered the devil with his free will. “Jesus frees himself from Satan, to free everyone from Satan; this is the meaning of the episode of the temptations, seem in the light of the whole Gospel. And indeed, as we read on after the episode, we really for get the impression of an irresistible advance, as if it were, of the front of light, as it throws back the demonic front of darkness. At Jesus’ approach, the demons take fright, they tremble, they beg not to be driven out and try to make terms: ‘What have you do do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? have you come to destroy is? I know who you are – the Holy One of God.” It is holiness that drive the devil out of hiding. Saints know more about the devil than anyone. St Therese the Little Flower would say “I find it amazing that the devil is frightened of a little girl.” A friend of mine had a vision of the devil and Jesus. And she saw that at the final judgement the devil as he truly is…so small and weak, weaker than a little mouse.

It is often when someone receive a powerful anointing that the devil becomes interested in them.” This happen because the anointing brings new power to the person to push back the kingdom of darkness. (In my own life. It was only after I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit that I came to realize that the devil is real. That he is a roaring lion seeking to destroy.

St Paul tells is in Ephesians “Put on the whole armor of God, you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having fastened the belt of truth around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the Evil One. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.”

In the struggle with the devil Jesus fulfills his kingly mission, Jesus overpowers the kingdom of Satan. Jesus says “If it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out the devil than the kingdom of God has come upon you.” Peter says in Acts about Jesus ” You know the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil and God was with him.” (Act 10 37-40)

Cantalamessa writes about ‘The discerning of spirits’ “In the New Testament, the demonic powers are called by the same tern as designates the divine power of the Holy Spirit; pneuma, spirit. The Holy Spirit however does not speak directly and immediately with us but rather expresses himself in and through our intelligence, will and feeling. By analogy, it would be an error to suppose that Satan would speak directly and immediately within us and answer question. Not therefore a person, but only a personal power, that is to say a power endowed with intelligence and will, pursing the very precise aim of destroying human being’s relationships with God and with one another.”

John Paul II in Christifideles Laici’ writes ” Because the lay faithful belong to Christ, Lord and King of the Universe, they share in his kingly mission and are called to him to spread that Kingdom in history. They exercise their kingship as Christian, above all in the spiritual combat in which they seek to overcome in themselves the kingdom of sin (Rom 6:12) and then to make a gift of themselves as as to serve, in justice and in charity, Jesus who is himself present in all his brothers and sisters, above all in the very least.” (Mt 25:40)

Jesus thank you for letting me share in your anointing as priest prophet and king. Today in a special way give me a greater share in your kingly anointing so that I can push back the kingdom of darkness both in myself and in the world. let we share in the inheritance of the saints in light. deliver me from the kingdom of darkness and transfer me into the kingdom of light. Thank you Jesus for giving me a greater share today in your Kingly Anointing

Father Stefan Working Notes for this Sunday Mass March 12 ‘Transfiguration’

Father Stefan Working Notes for this Sunday Mass March 12 ‘Transfiguration’

Reflections on the Transfiguration

We read on Sunday, “Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.” (Mat 17:1-2)

Once when I was at the Grand Cannon. I offered mass at the cliff of the Cannon. When I held up the Eucharist. I imagined the New Heaven and the New Earth. When all of cosmos would be filled with the Glory of God. St Paul says ‘All of creation is in agony even now, but not without Hope. All of creation will share in the freedom of the Sons of God.’

Raniero Cantalamessa writes in his book, ‘The Mystery of the Transfiguration.’ ” However, the Transfiguration of Christ concerns his mystical body not only in  the next life but in this life as well. Saint Paul twice uses the verb meaning ‘to be transformed’ (in Greek ‘to be transfigured’ and ‘to be transformed’ are the same word) in reference to Christians, and in both texts they indicate something that happens here and now: ‘Be transformed by the renewal of your minds.’ (Rom 12:2) In the second text Paul also explains how that will happen: ‘And all of you, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.’” (2 Cor 3;18)

The Transfiguration of Jesus is  am image of what our body will look like when it shines in glory in Heaven. However, the Transfiguration of our body and soul being here and now. We are meant to experience the first fruits of the resurrection now. St Paul says, ‘We are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”

There are so many examples of saints who experienced this glory that one example will suffice. In his biography of St Catherine of Sienna Bl Raymond of Capua writes that he was one morning offering mass and turned to give the blessing when he saw, ” saw that her face had become like an angel’s and was sending out bright rays of light.”

Cantalanessa writes, “What transfiguration do I mean? Above all, the eschatological transfiguration that will happen at the end of time, when the Lord Jesus, as the apostle says, ‘will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to the body of his glory.’ (Phil 3:21) According to Proclus of Constantinople, ‘Christ was transfigured to show us the future transfiguration of the our nature and his second coming.’ This concept is also present in the West. The transfiguration, writes Saint Leo the Great, occurred ‘so that the Church might know what sort of exchange the whole body of Christ was to be given, and that the members might promise to themselves a sharing in the honor of the one who had shone as their head.’ Even in antiquity there were some who saw not only our final transformation but also of the whole cosmos prefigured in the Transfiguration. On Tabor, says Anastasius of Sinai, Christ ‘transfigured all of creation into his image and recreated it in an even more sublime way.’”

May we look at Jesus. As we look at Jesus He is transforming our body from one degree of glory to the next, for this come from the Holy Spirit. May we experience the first fruits of the Transfiguration here and now. When does Heaven begin? Heaven begins today.

Some More Stories from the ‘Ring of Keys’

Some More Stories from the ‘Ring of Keys’

A couple of months ago the Gospel was about the treasure hidden in the field. I went to an antique store to buy a treasure box and an old fashion key. I found the treasure box, but could not find a key. In prayer later that day I heard Jesus say, “you already have the key.”

The next day a couple brought their young son in for me to pray over him. He is a very smart, kind and a good son.  He is somewhat shy, awkward in school. He is on a fair level of medication.  His parents were thinking of sending him to a different school.

When was I praying for him, I said to him, “You are the captain of your own ship and know that you have the key.”

The next day, the mom calls me to share what the son told her about why he was struggling. It had to do with a young man in the neighborhood. The boy was in counseling for 3 years and never told the counselor what he shared with his mother as he left my office.

last night, I had dinner at their house. As I was looking at the decorations, on the wall, I noticed that the mom collects keys from all over the world. When I was leaving the dad gave me a ring of 18 old keys that he had given his wife 10 years before.

I saved a key for myself. It is a small key that probably opened a music box. My prayer is  that this key will open the music box of my heart.

May you know that you have The Key.

I have been given hundreds of Ancient Keys. I give them to people as a reminder that you have the keys.

If you have Ancients Keys give them to the people in your life as a gift. And tell them ‘You have the Key.’

Father Bob ‘Reflection on You Have the Key’

Father Bob ‘Reflection on You Have the Key’

Father Bob ‘You have the Key’ Reflection from “Soul Institute”

Father Bob in his book, ‘Give God Permission’ tells this story. Renewal Center ‘God can do anything.’
“In the fall of 1981, I asked the archbishop if he would be willing to address the prayer group leaders. He said he would be delighted. We gathered at St. Joseph’s Center on Laurier Avenue East.
He challenged them to move out of their comfort zone in the parish halls and put their gifts at the service of the whole Church. Yet another instance that underlined his prophetic approach.
I met with the leaders a couple of weeks later. After some time in prayer, we sensed his direction could be best followed by establishing a renewal center. It was practically universal.
The plan we agreed on was this: We would search for a suitable place during the winter and the spring of 1982. We would settle on one by June. We would then take the summer to whip it into shape and open in September, In addition we would begin immediately to ask each prayer group (there were about 25 of them) to collect 25 cents a person at every weekly meeting. This would give is enough to get started.
The search was a painful adventure. It seemed as though we walked through every broken down shack in Ottawa and some fairly presentable locations as well. They were either unsuitable or too expensive.
June arrived. Still no place.
I’d got quite exasperated and fed up by this time. I decided one warm day in mid-June to drop in to the modest two-room flat we;d been renting for our inner healing prayer groups. Maybe I could at least get a little sympathy and even a bite of lunch as well. There were five women just breaking open a few sandwiched. They greeted me warmly, but were visibly concerned when I told them I was anything but cheerful about the center that looked at this time as though it wouldn’t happen. ‘Oh, The lord will get us a place.’ One said. ‘Just trust him.’ another suggested. ‘We’re behind schedule,’ I complained. “Well, let pray,’ They came back.
I might have known. As if we hadn’t prayed! We’d been praying for months. We formed a circle and held hands, the traditional prayer group way.
I can’t stand holding hand this way. I come from a long line of itchy noses and inevitably have to rub my nose every few minutes. I feel like a prisoner. and I’m dying from the itch besides.
We prayed in spontaneous fashion for a minute or so, my nose just starting to itch. At that point, one of the women, Marg Varga by name, spoke as though in prophecy. This is what she said: ‘My children do not worry. I already have a place picked out.’ (I’m asking silently: Do you have an address?) ‘Trust me. I will lead you to it. In fact, you already have the key in your possession.’ )I though: there’s a far out image if I’ve ever heard one.) ‘Be at peace. I am working.’
The girls were trilled/ I, much less so. I’d heard plenty of such words in my past seven years or so, very few of them coming to fruition. My frustration continued.
It was compounded by a number of rather pointed question like: What about the center business? What about the money we’ve been turning in? I felt as though some of them were half expecting to off to South America with the funds or something.
The opening of school came round. Still nothing. The first day of class I visited St. Pius X high school, the place I had taught for 20 years. Mail was still coming there for me. The opening day sure looked very familiar! confused students wandering through the halls, somewhat harassed-looking teachers trying to make through the day, secretarial staff obviously overworked.
I checked the teacher’s room and glad-handed some of them and returned to the office to collect the mail. There, surrounded by a throng of questioners and petitioners, was the principal, good old Father Len Lunney, trying to look calm and collected but not doing very well at it. When he spotted me. he spoke as pleasant a greeting as he could manage and then said: ‘ Oh’ by the way, if you are still look for a place for that canter of yours, the former convent of available now.’ I had discounted it earlier because the plan has been to use it for a music department. However, unknown to me, it had been found unsuitable.
I said: ‘Hey that might just be the very thing. Lend me YOU KEY will you? I’ll go over and check it out.’ His reply stopped me cold: ‘OH YOU HAVE A KEY. YOU DIDN”T TURN IN WHEN YOU LEFT.’
Of course. THE KEY! we had all taken turns saying Mass for the sisters. Did I still have THE KEY? I checked my RING OF KEYS. I did have it! I went over the convent, opened the doors and steeped in. It was perfect. The sisters had left it in mint condition. The following day, we opened the Catholic Renewal Center exactly according to the plan we believed the Lord had set out for us in early September. After all the fuss, muss, brother and worry, we started right on time.
I am amazed at the ways of the Lord. He is so versatile. I feel he is always asking me why I can’t seem to trust him more. Why does it take me so long to learn?
The center was an instant success. Before too long we had as many as 80 people taking part. Different services were offered: daily mass, a lending library, inner healing prayer, counselling, venue for meeting of various kinds, plus a whole host of others too numerous to mention. We were fulfilling the archbishop’s request ti put the gifts of the ‘charismatic’ at the service of the wider Church. We even became ecumenical before too long. Father Maxym Lysak’s infant Ukranian Orthodox congregation began by clebrating their Divine Liturgy in our little chapel each Sunday. Two of the people who volunteered their services were religious sisters: Sister Joan O’ Connor, CND and Sister Marie Bouchard SSJ (Toronto).”

PS I heard Father Bob tell this story 17 years ago and it stuck with me. It much really have stuck because I just finished typing it, and I type at top speed 2 and half words a minute. Fr Stefan

Power of the Keys Insight on the Keys from a dream I had last night

Power of the Keys Insight on the Keys from a dream I had last night

Jesus said to Peter ‘I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’

In my dream last night ‘I am walking into a cornfield. I see a group of men. One of the men is a large man with a staff. I am a bit afraid at first but I see that the large man is Peter the Apostle. I give Peter a set of Keys. I am surprised that I give Peter the Keys.’ First of all Peter is a Moses Figure who escorts us into Heaven. Also the cornfield is a image of the harvest

First of all what is the purpose of Keys? To open a door. Jesus gave Peter the Keys of the Church. These Keys guide Peter to teach without error matters on faith and morals. These keys have the power to bind the devil. But ultimately Keys are For Opening a Door. When a Priest hears someone confession or gives them last rites they are working with the power of the Keys Given to Peter to open the doors of heaven so that the person can receive God Grace. So  in the dream when I give Peter the Keys. Peter is now using the Keys to Open the Door for that person to enter into Heaven Fully. St John says about Heaven ‘I looked up an behold I saw a Door.’

When a Priest forgives sins in confession he is exercising  the power of the Keys given to Peter. This is why you want the sacraments. The priest has the key to open the door to God Grace.

When a door is locked and thousands of people are locked out. There is only one person you want and need. That is the person with the Key. The Right Key to Open the Right Door.